The selected chapters in this book highlight the following subjects; teenage delinquency, crime, positive change and determination. They are themes which are evident in society.
Chapter five outlines how Wes had exhibited violent behavior towards people around him. He was sent to military school by his mother in a bid to shape his behavior. He tried to find a way to escape from the institution but failed. Some time back, Wes had impregnated a girl known as Alicia. He began seeing another girl who came from his locality. One evening a man known as Ray who appeared to be involved with this girl met the two of them outside Wes’ house. Ray ambushed Wes who managed to run into his house to get a gun. Wes shot Ray and was later arrested later that evening.
Chapter 6 explains how Wes spent six months in prison having been charged with attempted murder. He was later released from prison and opted to take part in drug trafficking to make ends meet. He was finally arrested by a police officer who disguised himself as a buyer. Wes ultimately transformed his behavior for the better and began distancing himself from anything that would get him into trouble.
As highlighted in chapter 7, Wes’ desire for education increased gradually. He began looking up to people who seemed to relate with his experiences. At 18, he was given leadership responsibilities which proved to him that he was capable of making the most out of his life. Wes was still struggling with drugs but was determined to quit so that he could concentrate on his life and that of his family. He secured an occupation in landscaping then later on in food service. His wages could not sustain his family and so he had to find another way to get more money. The only available option was drug peddling.
Wes was imprisoned again after being taken in as a suspect in a robbery incident. He was sentenced to life imprisonment together with his fellow accomplices. Wes managed to get a scholarship to study in South Africa. From then on, he made a decision to positively transform his life.
The chapters discussed above explain the importance of being committed to improving one’s life despite the mistakes made in the past. It demonstrates how people can still achieve what they have set in their minds through readiness and patience.
Moore, W. (2010). The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates. USA: Random House Publishing Group.